Tony Gulisano’s Chow, with its gourmet take-out market, has become Lafayette’s town hall. It’s an always-humming gathering point with an eclectic menu of comfort food, California style. Quality ingredients and upbeat service thread the experience together—Gulisano guides the operation so carefully, you’d never know that there’s been a chef change or that lots of effort is going into opening a new Chow in Danville. We loved the crisp spinach salad, plump mussels in white wine broth, and steamed prawn-pork-ginger wontons. Entrées occasionally need a tweak—our bluenose bass was a bit flat and our pork chop slightly charred—and multiple waiters promised our child crayons that never came. But so much is so good here, especially the American desserts, that it’s hard to leave not wanting to return. Breakfast Mon.–Fri., lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.–Sun.